This is a new programme, with a novel cross-institutional Capstone Project, though many of the taught modules are existing modules in one of the 3U partner institutions. It is designed for engineering professionals with a strong background in electronics and computer technologies, and will provide them with advanced education in medically relevant engineering technologies. They will be immersed in the cultural and professional ethos of medical and clinical practice. The programme will provide them with the relevant concepts, methodological tools and knowledge of medical legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
The first 2 semesters (15 week per semester) of this masters programme comprise a range of taught modules with examinations. This is immediately followed by the Capstone Project (12 weeks), which includes workshops and seminars. Assessment of the Capstone Project will be primarily via a dissertation which includes a short conference-style paper. There is currently no part-time option to complete this programme.
The modules on the programme are designed to provide expertise in two technical areas: firstly, the technology for designing new medical devices; and secondly, image and signal analysis to assist diagnosis and visualisation. These modules are complemented with in-depth modules on the medical sciences, ethics and regulations.
Medical Sciences (RCSI)
Healthcare Ethics, Law, Risk Management and Regulatory Framework (RCSI)
Medical Technology Modules
3D Interface Technologies (DCU)
Medical Instrumentation (Maynooth University)
Underlying Engineering Modules
Connected Embedded Systems (DCU)
Computer Vision (DCU)
Wireless Communications (Maynooth University)
Advanced Control Systems (Maynooth University)
Capstone Project (RCSI + MU/DCU)
The Capstone project is a major feature of the programme which provides the student with practical experience of developing engineering solutions for the medical sector. Projects are hosted by the Electrical Engineering Departments of either DCU or Maynooth University but are always strongly situated in a medical or clinical environment. During their project, students are co-supervised by RCSI staff or an RCSI-linked consultant/clinician on the one hand, and an engineering/computing academic from Maynooth University or DCU on the other. The projects are developed, assigned and prepared during the first (taught module) academic year so that they are ready to run during the first semester of the second academic year. For more information on the programme and for examples of the Capstone Project CHECK OUT our video on YouTube.